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Help needed

Firstly, may we ask on behalf of BE and BEOA for your feedback on the differential between cross country tracks at different levels of competition?

Secondly, your support for a research project being undertaken by World Horse Welfare would be appreciated.

Please read below, and please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

Please send your replies to

Best regards,


Chair, EHOA

07710 344008

Consultation 1

Currently there is a requirement by BE for International organisers who are running FEI and National classes 1* – 4* to provide a 20% difference between the levels on XC between the National and International class (2*/Nov, 3*/Int, 4*/Adv). Traditionally in GB the Internationals are a step up from the National classes.  There are a few organisers who believe that they should be identical and we are interested to know owners’ opinions.

Do you think there should be a difference between National and International tracks?

Yes/ No 

Please  explain your answer


Please note that names will not be forwarded when your answers are submitted.

Consultation 2

World Horse Welfare (WHW) is a member of British Equestrian (BE) and does a range of long-term work around topics such as the long-distance transport of horses for slaughter, improving the lives of working equids around the world and more, under the Presidency of HRH The Princess Royal.

Roly Owers, WHW Chief Executive and himself a vet, is leading a project in conjunction with the Royal College of Veterinary Science and others to develop an ethical framework for the involvement of horses in sport, to help promote the responsible use of horses in sport, with the horse always at its heart.

This work also aims to identify any gaps in the understanding of horse management, training, rehoming, equine behaviour and wellbeing (through all the strata of competitive sport). Responsible practice in these and other areas will be encouraged through education and awareness. Roly is eager to talk with people involved in competitive horse sport about the growing issues around the ‘social licence’ of using horses in competition, and the work being done by WHW and others..

EHOA members, as owners of event horses, are central in all of this, and Roly hoped to come and meet and talk about the project with members.

Question 1

Would you be interested to participate in the WHW research project?  This may involve either completing a questionnaire or speaking to a researcher.

Yes/ No

Please provide email address and brief information about the level at which your horse(s) competes.

Question 2

If a short presentation/ discussion about the research was made at Burghley would you be interested to attend?

Yes/ No 


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